Lar Corbett was playing his cards close to his chest in Croke Park yesterday on the straight red card he and Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney received in the Allianz Hurling League final in Nowlan Park on Sunday last. A bruised chest too, as it turned out.
“I have a fractured rib maybe two,” he revealed at the announcement of Liberty Insurance as the new join sponsor of the All-Ireland hurling and camogie championships. “They’re saying it’s a six week job.”
That’s bad news for Tipperary hurling supporters, bad news for Corbett as it almost certainly rules him out of the Munster championship clash with Limerick in Limerick on June 9.
“That’s what they’re saying, that it’s four to six weeks but I’m not ruling out anything. I’m going to take every day as it comes, I’m going to work with John Casey, the physio, and the backroom team and whatever it takes to get back as early I can and whatever I can offer.”
Corbett, however, wasn’t for casting any light on the red card incident, not even to say whether or not he’d be appealing the red card, his first at inter-county level — at least as far as he can remember.
“You’ll have to check your stats!” he laughed, wincing slightly as the pain in his ribs kicked in.
“It happened during the confrontation,” he confirmed; “I was on the ground and after, when I got up, the ribs were just sore.”
So will he be appealing? “It’s going to be up to the Tipperary County Board. My job — if I’m picked, whenever that is next — is to perform; whatever happens off the field, they look after that.
“Everyone is on about ‘Do I feel hard done by’ but all of that is out of my hands. I’m not going to get into any discussion on what is supposed to have happened. It’s up to the county board and the Tipperary management to decide whatever they want to do and I will accept whatever comes with that. As a player my job is to go out and perform. Look, you don’t like red cards but we have to deal with that.”
And that’s the end of it, as far as Lar is concerned.
With that Munster championship semi-final coming up against Limerick in Limerick on June 9, the last thing Tipperary need now is needless distraction. “In Munster hurling you don’t get any soft touch.
“Limerick down in Limerick, we are under no illusions as regards that task. The players, the management and the Tipperary public in general know that it is going to be a huge task to beat Limerick in Limerick.”
With that in mind, and forgetting about his own travails in Kilkenny, forgetting even about Tipperary’s loss, Overall it’s been a good league under new manager Eamon O’Shea reckons Lar, a lot of positives to be taken from it.
“We went down to Cork in the first match and got bet by whatever (12 points), got a hammering and we didn’t really know where we were going. It was great then to get a few games under our belt and perform.
“Eamon and the management were changing the team around, the likes of Jason Forde and John O’Dwyer have come in and given man-of-the-match performances. They mightn’t be playing the next day but for the older fellas out there, they know that you have to perform because you don’t know if you’ll get another crack at it, those lads are coming behind us very quick.”
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